‘Great opportunity,' UF coach says


Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel leads the Gators against No. 4 LSU this Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 12:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 12:17 p.m.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said fans can forget about LSU's struggles the past two weeks.

“We won't see the same LSU team,” Muschamp said of a Tiger team that escaped Auburn with a 12-10 win on Sept. 22 and held off Towson 38-22 last Saturday.

“We have a great opportunity in front of us in The Swamp.”

The Gators have to be balanced on offense, Muschamp said.

“You can't get into a one-dimensional game against these guys,” he said.

LSU will bring a more physical run game than the Gators have seen, Muschamp said.

While the Gators have started each of the past two seasons 4-0, they have gone 1-7 in October. UF quarterback Jeff Driskel said this is a different team.

“We're a more mature team,” he said. “We get in here on our own and watch film. We all want to win and get better.”

He also expects this year's game vs. LSU in The Swamp to be closer than last year's 41-11 loss in Baton Rouge.

“It's a different feeling because we have a different offense,” receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. added. “We want to win.”

On the injury front, Trey Burton (back spasms), Jordan Reed (concussion) and Dominique Easley (knee) are expected back at practice today, Muschamp said. Linebacker Jelani Jenkins (thumb) may see contact at practice Wednesday and may play Saturday, Muschamp said. Chances are good Jenkins will play with a cast on his hand.

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